Praying at Home Today: Monday 28 December 2020
Praying at home today: God's redeeming work is being done
A warm welcome to PrayingAtHome.com, where you can find worship resources for praying at home today or wherever you are.
We hope these readings, prayers, music and the short reflection will help you stay in touch with the Church and to sustain you on your journey through life.If this is your first visit to this website, then you might like to read about the common elements and the suggested structure for each day’s prayer. Everything’s optional!
Opening to the Word
You can spend a few moments in silence,
focussing on your breathing
to become more mindful of the present moment
and to open yourself more fully
to God’s presence within you.
In the name of the living God,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Keep your voice from weeping,
and your eyes from tears;
for there is a reward for your work,
there is hope for your future.
Quiescat vox tua a ploratu,
et oculi tui a lacrimis,
quia est merces operi tuo,
et est spes novissimis tuis.
Retiens tes pleurs
ainsi que les larmes de tes yeux,
car il y aura une compensation pour ta peine.
Il y a de l’espoir pour ton avenir.
The Liturgy of the Word *
Vox in Rama
A voice is heard in Ramah,
lamentation and bitter weeping.
We pick up our Christmas story with two tragedies – lamentation and bitter weeping: the people of Israel taken into exile and the murder of innocent children by a jealous despot.
Christmas, as we know, isn’t all sweetness and light; there are dark sides to it, or at least in the world in which we live even whilst celebrating Christmas.
These innocent children were the first to shed their blood for Christ.
And they weren’t the last innocents to suffer.
Yet God’s redeeming work is being done.
The reading from Jeremiah is part of a section in which God is redeeming God’s people.
And this redemption, atonement, putting together is God’s work in the world, yesterday, today and for ever.
Music for reflection *
As the Church commemorates the Holy Innocents, we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- with thanksgiving for the gift of the Prince of Peace
that peace may reign in our world
- for those who suffer unjustly
and for those who support them
- for those most affected by the pandemic
- for a grateful heart.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for ‘Save the Children’ workers in war zones.)
For all who have asked for our prayers.
a moment of silence
Pray for us all
The Lord’s Prayer
We can say the Lord’s Prayer in any language or version we choose.
Here it is, in English, Latin and French.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever. Amen.
Pater noster, qui es in cælis;
sanctificatur nomen tuum:
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie:
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris:
et ne nos inducas in tentationem:
sed libera nos a malo.
Quia tuum est regnum,
et potestas, et gloria, in saecula.
Notre Père qui es aux cieux,
que ton nom soit sanctifié.
Que ton règne vienne.
Que ta volonté soit faite sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour.
Pardonne-nous nos offences
comme nous pardonnons aussi
à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
Et ne nous soumets pas à la tentation,
mais délivre-nous du mal.
Car c’est à toi qu’appartiennent le règne,
la puissance et la gloire
pour les siècles des siècles. Amen.
you make us glad with the yearly remembrance
of the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ:
grant that, as we joyfully receive him as our Saviour,
so we may with confidence behold him as he comes to be our Judge;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end.
Returning to the world
Verbum caro factum est.
Et habitavit in nobis. Alleluia!
In these strange times, we are called to trust
Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements
In that lectionary, the readings are in the following order: Old Testament reading, Psalm, New Testament reading; we have changed the order to the more usual OT, Psalm and NT.
English Bible texts are usually from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Latin Bible texts are from Biblia Sacra Vulgata, and are in the Public Domain.
French Bible texts are usually from Version Segond 21, copyright © 2007 Société Biblique de Genève by Société Biblique de Genève.
Images, unless otherwise stated, are from lockdown in Scotland, by Alistair Warwick.
Music engraved by The Art of Music.